It amazes me how much he picks up day to day, and shows me he understands. Exercise is very good for keeping him in shape and wards off boredom, but talking to him and even asking him simple questions using the same few words gives him the time to find a way to let me know he understands, if this is what he wants or if he just wants my attention for playtime.
Sherri Reply: November 25th, at am. We have an 8 month old beautiful purebred but not papered GSD, Mikayla. I wanted to let her have at least 1 litter of pups before we spay her. She sometimes does display some of these problems, but she gets around 2 hours of exercise a day so she is well behaved pretty much all the time.
Thank you for this great article on herding breeds. Yes I too am a fan and have had 3 GSD guide dogs over a 16 year period. My first 2 only displayed herding behavior when playing. However my current guide dog is by far my most challenging. She is 5 now and wants to herd things sometimes even while working. I can feel her body tension and changbe in pull trhougth the harness and yes sometimes she vocalizes. I lived in downtown Portland and had problames wiht skateboarders constntly targeting my guide dog riding at us comeing inches from us sometimes. I know part of her problme was although she was getting physical exercise walking and mental stimulation working she was not getting adequate play time.
I had moved to square foot studio apartment and she did not have a yard or any play space my first and last time to ever make that kind of mistake. Maturity, more play time and more focusing work have helped. I do make her sit and use food to refocus her. I initially did not want ot use food thinking i was rewarding her however after doggie pushups sit and down routines were inaffective, good 2 handed leash corrections were ineffective I did find makign her sit and holding the treat up to my face making her focus on me really helped. She does much better. I know herding breed are rarely used any more for guide dogs but I love them and love the challenge of the breed adn excatly what you mentioned I love how they think but also recognize that they can easily become over stimulated in a hectic urban environment.
Do you have any other suggestions for working on herding with skateboards? It would be much appreciated. By the way I commend you for taking on the challenge of Malinoise. I love them but they are a handful. I see you like a dog that keeps you mentally stimulated too. I admit a personally get bored with a dog that presents absolutely no challenge in its every day work, I guess that is why I have not given in to the now common retriever you see working as guides for the blind.
Thanks Mei Ling Wong. I would work on desensitization, and get her at a safe level around skate boards all of the time. If the organization that placed her is around, I would request help from them! Then I would redirect with commands and a firm leave it! Working at a safe distance and then slowly approaching until the skateboards mean nothing. It will take some time, but I bet she will learn to ignore them and they will become less exciting the more she sees of them! We go outside she goes for a small pee then wants to come back in to play. She will NOT return to her crate. We walk kil.
Thanking You in Advance,. I have a 1 year old sheltie who carries on barking every time I leave or close a door in front of him…. He stops after a minute or two when I do not return ….. He really carries on and is quite loud. Does the same thing when someone pets him on the outside and then they leave … any suggestions? We recently got a pure white German Shepard puppy. Her name is Rhoska and she is about 4 months old now. I know she will grow up to be a beautiful dog some day. And I can already sense that she is very intelligent. Will this pass over time or is there something I could do to teach her to stop doing it?
And do you have any other advice on how I can nurture her to be the beautiful dog she could become? Minette Reply: June 24th, at am. Weasel, my 8 year old Pembroke Corgi is a great big dog in a little body. He gets along well with my inside cats 9 and his brother, Doug The Pug. Occasionally chases the outside cats, but follows commands to stop well.
Graduated near the top of his obedience classes. Great traveler! We drive to Florida every year and he rides in the back quietly and is a great motel dog. An Invisible Fence allows him to run the double city lot and keeps him and Doug safe. Thank you for the information. If you have any more info on how to deal with them let me know. Thank you again this article is a Godsend. She wakes both my husband and I at 5,30 every morning now I understand the herding instinct. I attended a pulling clinic that featured 4 dachshunds pulling a scooter together, a pair of Border Collies, several pit-types Staffies and the like and some Golden Retrievers in addition to the expected husky types.
In the winter, these dogs go skijoring pulling a person who is on skis and sledding. The exercise requires only a handful of commands, can be done by dogs of all sizes and is fun for everyone! Instinct is an amazing thing! Makes me wish I had a few sheep for her. Definitely need to keep them busy. Great article on herding breeds. I did some research before buying my GSD. Kai just turned 2, and is beautiful, intelligent dog. I had him neutered at 18 months. I took him through obedience school at 7 months. He did well I used pinch collar because of his tendency to yip, spin, and melt down when he saw someone in the neighborhood on our walks that he wanted to say hi to.
I could then walk him past anyone; kids, joggers, cats sitting on lawns, other dogs. He was perfect on leash. At about a year he went through a very painful ear infection and would growl at me when i got near him. I corrected him sternly, but it had little affect. At about 18 months, our walks became nightmares. He lunges dislocated my finger once trying to hold him , at people walking down the street. The same with cats, although I have 4. We could go out at midnight and he would be ready to play.
Minette Reply: September 20th, at pm. Try this, it will give you more control and you will be better able to control his aggression. Continue to use positive reinforcement, no more stern corrections!!!! Look through my articles for more help! Patti Reply: September 20th, at pm. He gets plenty of love and affection and positive reinforcement also. Thanks again. I have a 17yr. It took a yr. Sue Reply: February 4th, at am. Years ago I had a rescue, Ruffian picked his bloody body off the road after he was hit , If there was any way for him to run past anybody at an open door, hr shot out like a bullet.
I never could break him of it but found early on that he felt he owned the car and would go with it. I would hop in the car and drive up and down the neighborhood allies as fast as he could run. In 10 minutes or so he was glad enough to have me open the door and allow him to collapse on the back seat.
I have an almost two year old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She has a very pleasant temperment. She only barks for alert and is submissive. She had stopped nipping but recently started it again when someone new comes and she wants their undivided attention. She does not jump on me, but she always jumps on guests unless controlled on the leash.
I have tried to practice with willing friends, but it seems to take about 3 — 5 minutes for her to calm down and obey. Then she lays calmly at my feet. This is getting tiresome. I have trained her to be a certified therapy dog going to kindergarden, nursing homes, etc. Of course, she is always leashed in those situations. Am I just lazy and not being consistent? I want the verbal command to work. Thanks for your help. I have a 17 month old australian shepherd male.
When he was about 5 months old he almost killed one of my cats who was then a kitten. My daughter wanted a pup for my granddaughter so i bought him for her last year. I desperately need help. What will neutering do for him? Gordon Reply: January 24th, at pm. My first one lived for fifteen years and I now have a six year old mini Aussi and I understand the issues you are having and I fear that if your Aussi does not get some training she could possibly bite someone or a your granddaughter.
His behavior will only get worse. I trained my mini to chase and catch a Frisbee. He loves it and we do it a minimum of every other day. Good luck, Gordon. She barks and growls aggressively as well as nips other dogs both at our house and when she is a guest. We have just stopped taking her out as a result.
Minette Reply: November 29th, at pm. She is trying to control her world but needs to learn that you are in control! Zoe Reply: December 4th, at am. I have a Great Pier — born ll-ll-l0 He is wonderful Large- very smart — very much a puppy yet will reread this article — thanks. My tri-colored Sheltie Jet is so much happier when he gets enough exercise. I good frisbee session, long walks and our weekly agility class does the trick. Although he still enjoys trying to herd our two cats.
Minette Reply: November 30th, at pm. Such is the life of a cat living with a herding dog! Hi, Well have a Belgian sheepdog female, spade and she is a certified therapy dog and also the Red Cross Dog for our community. Super smart, very obedient, super going to care homes, great at home, but has one very annoying problem. Before I get to a home or the Post Office or home or wherever she has once been and taken out she starts barking……She will not stop have tried everything known and of course will not put an electric shock collar on such a great dog, so maybe you have an idea????
Thankyou for the letter. I have a Blue cattle dog Shadow who has been showing many of the characteristics you mentioned. I will endeavour to try and stimulate him more both mentally and physically. I have just adopted a Shepard mix but he looks more of a Boxer mixed with Irish Setter.
My issue is that I have a 13 year old cat and she is good with dogs, but the new dog Dorado he is 6 yrs old, and he has no aggressive manners nor is he being mean, but he wants to heard my cat and it really scares here. I tried to introduce them and he just lunged at her and so I put her up stairs but that is not fair to her since this was her house first; I have called several places about this type of manner and asked if it is trainable?
I have been told that it will take time, with some training; I have gone on line to look up this issue and not much is out there for this type of issue so I am asking for some helpful insight. Dorado is very smart, well mannered, he obeys simple commands, likes his create, lets you know if he has to go out side, I put a pincher collar on him for walks so he does not pull, takes a bath well, he is very affectionate.
Minette Reply: April 29th, at am. You are going to need to put him on a leash in the house. Also make sure the cat has a place to get away from him, she should have her own little room free of dog smell or surprise visits. Now you must teach him to leave it and to do down stays at your feet until he shows absolutely no interest in the cat at all. We figure my Jagger is part Collie, part Spitz, and he has a unique disposition. He is very dopey and docile to humans, but has literally boundless energy if you give him things to do.
He will lie around all day if you let him, but I have literally taken him on 20 kilometer hikes, and he barely seems to even tire. He has what I think is a herding instinct, as his favorite game is when you startle or lunge at him, at which point he will run in large circles around you. He will do this for minutes straight if you have the patience!
What a character! He certainly keeps me going. I have two border collies and have experienced a lot of the above behaviour with them. The youngest is 9 months and male unneutered the female is 12 years, and definately the boss. He is very poor at recall if something more interesting is going on, especially with his doggie pals, and I notice she is copying his disobedience at times. She has never been naughty before he came along — will this pass? Minette Reply: August 12th, at am.
Go back to training and working with her. She probably feels a little neglected even if that is not the case. Give her more time and affection and work on her recall just like you would if she was a puppy. And, work with him! Naughty behavior is still naughty even in a 9 month old puppy! And, I would neuter him ASAP you are fighting a losing battle with a dog with a dog coming when he has testicles that make him want to do things on his own.
At 12 I have one that is Thank you so much for your very helpful information on herding dogs. Will continue to follow your advice. I love her and she is a sweet dog, but she definitely does have an independent streak a mile wide, and is very suspicious of strangers. I have a 3 year old Shetland Sheepdog who is a sweetheart. I have tried everything I can think of to quell this behavior.
It really makes riding with him not so fun and I would love any suggestions! Minette Reply: April 22nd, at am. Otherwise you are going to have to teach him to down on command and not look out the window when you drive which is what I have to do with my Dutch Shepherd when she does that in the car! Hi, I have a blue heeler who is about 8 months old. He is showing quite odd behaviour and I would like some tips on how to train him properly as he was almost taken to the pound for an incident with a child. He also licks A LOT like he will lick my feet and hands and if he get down to his level he will try climb in my lap and lick my face.
Minette Reply: May 13th, at am. You are in way over your head. I would need advice and help training if he was mine. Not only can you and your parents be liable he will get put to sleep and a child will be traumatized. A year ago I acquired a 6 year old queensland from the pound with a broken back right leg. Several surgeons have said leave it alone since she is not bothered by it and runs like the wind. My problem is she runs after runners, kids running, bikes, motorcycles and she is addicted to the chuck it for throwing a ball.
She nips at all of the above and has drawn blood inadvertently. I was thinking of using a safety muzzle to stop her. I would love suggestions. Minette Reply: October 29th, at pm. Hi, We have a one and a half year old Sheltie, a 13 year old Border Collie and a 6 year old setter. We have had the Sheltie for 11 months, she was 8 months old when we got her.
She had lived with family with two children and no problems. The Mother said she was allergic to the dog and had to get rid of her. She next lived with an eighty year old lady , who hit her with a wooden spoon and a yard stick and said the dog attacked her from day one. We knew she was a problem but not details or how she had been hit with these objects.
She attacked us every time we came in the house. She barked, growled, put her mouth over our arm and constantly leaped on us. We kept a lead on her at all times and could grap the lead, have Madison sit, pet her and tell her what a good dog she was. Usually she would relax and enjoy the affection and love. If she persisted we gave her a time out in her crate where she would relax and sleep. We took her to two vets and the one recommended euthanizing her.
He put her on Elavil which does nothing. The second vet put her on Prozac 30 mgm daily which does help. She has gradually improved with occasional episodes. She also herds , but not the horses. She attempts to herd us and our younger dog. She seems to really care about this dog.
She does well with our grandchildren and the cats. We live in the woods and she runs loose, stays close and checks in frequently. We wonder what else we can do for her. I can say we have never been afraid of her. She attacks sweepers, brooms etc but this has improved also. She flew into me , barking , growling etc. When I had hold of her, petted her, talked to her and told her her was a good dog, she became quiet, trembling all over and buried her head in my arm. I held her until she was calm.
This was about out two weeks ago. We really want to help her more, she is very special. We really can not afford a trainer. Minette Reply: November 9th, at am. Dogs are an investment, you have already invested in two vet visits why not find someone who can help with the behavior of the dog? Thank you for your post.
Both relieved and a bit concerned with our Dutchy as he is growling at us sometimes. Since I will be gone for one year and my husband works long shift hours this may be his way of telling us he is bored. I prefer he remain in tact since we may work him later.
Perhaps he could be utilized by an organization and we could have him returned. Happy Trainig! Minette Reply: December 10th, at am. Your best bet is a veterinary behaviorist. I would not send him to anyone else for training if he is already growling at you they may return him as a scary dog that is even more likely to bite. My dog is neutered and still does sport work including bite work and has no problems but it curtailed his aggression.
So glad I found this thread. It has healed, strangely, causing him to favor it at times, and it gives him a funny gait. So what do you think? Am I on the right track? Any further suggestions? Minette Reply: February 17th, at am. Yes, you are on the right track. I would teach him eye contact and focus on you so you can control a lot of his behaviors. You will notice if you take him to agility or herding training that you will gain control of him in all of those ways and then can control his herding behavior.
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Plus both are super fun! The more you do with him the better behaved he will be. I keep my herding dogs running, retrieving, dock diving, doing agility and all kinds of other things just so I can entertain them long enough to live with them! Any tips on how I can reduce her excitement? Minette Reply: April 24th, at am.
I used to take my herding dog to the skate park where she would get over excited and I taught her no matter what was going on she had to pay attention to me! Find a place to train and then make it harder and harder and harder until you have control over it. Then you can command the dog to do a down stay or give eye contact and focus and have less to worry about. I have a small LapsoApso-heeler mix I think —not sure —who was in a no -kill safe house for dogs.
He seems about a year old. He is loving to everyone even to my husband, but only when my husband is seated. When he moves with his cane, the small dog barks and tries to herd him. I am working on the training— we have had him only 5 days, but we need him to not bark or try to nip at his heels when my husband moves—even to the bathroom. I also have a well behaved Cavaschon who is trying to adapt to his noisy new buddy. The issue is that as of two days ago, I had a male housemate move in.
Noodle my dog is fine when its just the two of them or the three of us but when Bill and I are in separate rooms, Noodle becomes very aggressive with Bill. He will bark and snarl and steadily decrease the distance between them. What makes such a sweet, social guy such as Noodle, suddenly lose his noodle?
I hope this will help us resolve this issue. Minette Reply: May 30th, at am. Minette Reply: June 2nd, at am. I have a 2 year old Aussie that we adopted. He is an outside dog most of the time. He chases anything with wheels and tries to herd the neighborhood kids and will nip at them. He chased the yard man and tore his shorts. I am afraid he will bite someone. I contacted a dog trainer who will take him for a week and says she will break him of the idea that he is leader of the pack.
He gets along well with other dogs. Is it possible to break a dog of the herding instinct? AS the training is expensive, I am trying to decide if its possible to change him so that he will not feel so territorial that he bites at people. I have tried rescue groups, but they will not take a dog that nips or chases bikes and cars. HELP me please! Thank you so much for any suggestions. Minette Reply: July 13th, at am. I think you are misinterpreting and mis-seeing this problem. I think the dog is doing this because he is mostly outdoors and his relief from boredom is chasing and exploring his instincts.
I think it sounds like a product of his environment. No one else can fix this for you on their property. This is a problem with his environment and your property and should be fixed there. Great post! I have a question for you regarding my badly behaving dog, Muffin. She is three years old now, and her bad behavior seems to be escalating. She knows most the basic commands, sit, down, stay, etc. The only time i have trouble with her not coming is when the neighbors dog is barking and clawing at the fence and she engages. When that happens i stomp or make a loud noise and call her again and she comes.
She also doesnt like when our other dog, Moose is doing anything sudden or out of the ordinary, like a sneezing fit or scratching and making her tags jingle. She will run over and bark in her face and nip at her neck until she stops. She also does this when other dogs play.
Especially if its my brothers dog, Tater, her best friend playing with other dogs. Is this a herd dog behavior? One behavior that i am mainly worried about though is that she has become a bit unpredictable. Well, he came by again this week and she was acting normal and relaxed. I was watching for her warning signs because of the last incident, but she was acting normal, a bit jealous when he was petting our other dog, but nothing defensive. But when he reached down to scratch her ears as he was leaving, she nipped at him.
No warning, no flash of teeth first. I wrapped my hand around her muzzle and said no and my husband put her in another room until the landlord left. She will definitely be locked up when he comes again. Why would she suddenly behave like this? Also, her bad behavior has gotten worse since we moved across the country, away from Tater. She has become more obsessed with what Moose and our cat are doing at all times. Any advice you can give would be much appreciated. Minette Reply: August 1st, at am. The dog is allowed to bully other animals so it is no stretch of the imagination that a human was next.
I am the ruler at my house. If one animal wants to bully the other, I intervene and take away privileges. When my female is a bully, I put her on a leash and make her do a down stay on her bed. The privilege of wandering the house and doing what she wants is taken away. But, that takes good obedience and listening skills. So obedience is a must. We have 2 female de-sexed GSDs. The younger dog is good mannered and generally just ignores the bad behaviour. There are no dominance or problematic issues with people. I know that part of this issue is due to herding instinct, but part is also unacceptable behaviour.
Again any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Minette Reply: August 3rd, at am. So I let them out one at a time and monitor them together. I do what you do, using obedience to take away freedom and privileges. We have a beautiful Red Cloud Kelpie. She is well behaved and so intelligent. We only have problems with her when our 2 year old granddaughter is over. She tries to nip our granddaughter. At times she will be so nice to our granddaughter, then suddenly lunge at her, then our beautiful Kelpie will be put in our bedroom with the door closed for awhile. When we let her out she is nice toward our granddaughter for awhile then she tries to nip our granddaughter again.
Our granddaughter is cautious around our dog but not afraid of her. We would love for our Kelpie to be able to be with the family the entire time our granddaughter is visiting. Minette Reply: August 31st, at pm. Dogs are put on leash and taught when to herd and when to lay down and which direction to go.
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I have a new Aussie puppy 12 weeks and a very patient 6 year old neutered boxer. Should what I am doing eventually work? Dogs have trouble learning together, I separate mine to teach obedience. And, personally flexi leashes are horrible for any kind of training. I have an 8 month old blue heeler border collie mix, Dixie. Reading these comments I can definitely see the two breeds coming together!
I live on a farm with cattle and hogs. When I let her outside to run around, she runs right to the hog pen and tries to herd them through the fence. How do I get her to mind her own business whilst she is running around? Minette Reply: September 3rd, at am. She needs to be on a leash and taught! Have you taught her to leave it, or to lie down on command when you tell her and she is off leash? I have Daisy, a 4 yr. She is a very mellow, agreeable dog who gets significant excersize. Her name is Ginger. She is very sweet for the most part but is extremely food motivated.
She and Daisy fought the first day they met while in the kitchen because Ginger was feeling protective of the garbage unbeknownst to me. Since then, they have not fought, but Daisy shys away from Ginger when food and toys are in the mix. Since then, they play and wrestle together and seem to really like each other…Ginger is especially fond of Daisy. Inside, Ginger comes running and often puts herself between Daisy and me when I give Daisy attention, but not in an obvious aggressive way. We also have two cats and Ginger is very interested in them, though we have made a good deal of progress around respecting the cats, so I am hopeful that we can get past that.
I have two 11 year old girls who are a bit wary of Ginger because she is mouthy and sometimes nips at their heels. I would like to be able to keep Ginger in the family but am trying to figure out if our family is a good fit for her. I am very willing to work with her, but will that be enough? I have a Polish Lowland Sheepdog, spayed and 10 years old. She is very active and vocal. I am newly married and Maggie follows my husband around closely on his heels. I am quite aware that she is herding him but he finds it annoying.
Any way to stop this? Best guard dog in the world and watch over us constantly. Minette Reply: December 13th, at am. Give her something else to do! Otherwise many lay down and watch. Make her do down stays and teach her appropriate obedience, and if you can find someone who will teach her to herd so that she can use her instincts but also learn to control them. He goes absolutely crazy when he sees car driving down the street. He will literally lunge at the car while I am walking with him.. Distraction methods do not work with him. His new thing has become dog aggressive.
I need your advise. Minette Reply: December 27th, at am. I just got my purebred Sheltie who is 9 weeks old. I know he is too young to run far now, but I want to start building his stamina slowly. Is there a way to teach him so i can safely ride my bike with him trotting along? Thanks very much for any advice! Minette Reply: December 28th, at pm.
He is much too young for that now. We have one herding issue that is getting progressively worse. She starts slow by pacing and whimpering and then starts getting much more anxious. When the kids start heading up the stairs she starts barking incessantly and running circles around them, running up and down the stairs. She even starts to nip at them and us and many times one of us nearly falls down the stairs. Not until both kids are in their rooms and in their beds will she settle down and go to sleep. How do we get this under control?
Are we better off keeping her on a leash when bedtimes gets near or using the crate? Any other ideas? A million thanks! I am working on obedience, but it is often hard to keep their attention. Hi, I feel a bit out of place here, as I have a breed who is not known for a herding ability, though seems to be showing all the signs of wanting to be. He goes crazy with any quick movement.
Joggers, bikes, skates, even baby carriages. He has a horrific bark for a small dog, and has knocked people off their bikes at twenty feet with only his bark. When strangers enter the house he tries to nip their ankles. No matter how calm we remain, no matter what commands he has learned and we try to give, he is bent on having no quick movements, especially from someone or something that is unfamiliar. Minette Reply: April 19th, at am. The sheep could seriously hurt such a little dog. It is better to teach him good obedience and manners.
We have a 4 year old Labrador-Bergamasco mix, who we rescued at 9 months old. We have two main problems. She also has some enemy dogs in the neighborhood and when she sees them will jump into the leash and become extremely difficult to control. I usually keep my eyes way ahead to avoid potential interactions with them, and if I see them, take my dog in a different direction, but these issues remain. Normally, she is pretty obedient, and we have done lots of basic obedience classes. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
He was the best puppy and so obedient and friendly. The first was a waitress at a cafe who asked to pet him and he barked and lunged at her. The second was when our year-old cousin was smothering him hugging, etc. I should have taken him out of the situation and read the signs and feel responsible for this interaction.
There were many other stressors that day new place, dogs next store barking, people entering. We have a trainer coming this week, but I hope to find more advice. Thanks for your advice! We have a 6 ,month old Australian Shep — we got him about 3 months ago. The family we got him from gave him up as he was nipping at the mom and she was worried he would start nipping at her young kids. My husband and I love him but he has started trying to heard me and nips at me but not my hubby…….
I am not terrified but it does worry me and my husband initially said we had to give him up over it. Suggestions appreciated. Minette Reply: July 10th, at am. I definitely agree with Lilly, the coat of the dog on the left is way too long for a malinois, and would not be acceptable in most countries, including Belgium. The long coat is required for a tervuren though.
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Minette Reply: July 12th, at pm. Does it really matter? If you understood genetics you would understand the why. Our seven year old Aussiemoved to a ranch and nipps at the horses legs when the owners go on rides. They want to have him along but are afraid he might agitate the horses and cause someone to get hurt. They are considering getting a muzzle for the walks. Will that help teach the dog not to bite? Minette Reply: September 16th, at am. Muzzles can frustrate the dog and make the behavior worse.
My daughter has an 8 month old Red Heeler and has had him since he was 7 wks. He was great as a young pup and loved everyone. She goes to college and comes home every summer for break. At around months Cooper started showing major dislike towards very small children. He would lunge, snarl and act like he wanted to eat them.
As long as they were lets say ft. My daughter had a friend of hers bring her 2yo daughter to the house a few times to try and socialize him with a small child, but his reaction was the same. That is one concern that she has and does not know how to go about reversing. The next concern is that since they went back to school he has been misbehaving terribly. He becomes aggressive when she has people over and she has kept him on a leash until he accepts them. At times these same people will visit on another occasion and he goes through the same ritual all over again or he may not.
This does not happen if she has him at another house or a gathering. He is fine during these times. He also started to stop listening to her commands. She finally hired a trainer and after 2 sessions he did show improvement. He decided after the 2 over 2 hr. He was fine for about a wk. She walks him at least an hr. Cooper is neutered — this was done almost 5 months. When she is home he listens to my husband and my 2 sons — he listens to me most of the time.
He sleeps most of the time, and does not bother a thing. It has been almost 3 wks. Minette Reply: October 15th, at am. Dogs that are having aggression issues with children need the help of a boarded veterinary behaviorist! Hi-I have a Belgian Malinois, german shepherd, staffie mix according to the DNA test who is 50 pounds of stubborn, driven, naughty.
She persistently chases and nips at other dogs including my other pound German shepherd, Anatolian shepherd who apparently enjoys being chased as he eggs her on. She has managed to puncture his skin. Walking them together for more exercise is not an option as they feed off each other if another dog walks by, so I do take them to the dog park. How do I get adequate exercise and stimulation for her while preventing her from excessively nipping and chasing other dogs? I do work full time, so has to be within reason. Also, she is not interested in chasing balls-only chasing dogs chasing balls.
Minette Reply: October 18th, at pm. You also need to make time for a dog like this, if that means you get up an hour or more early or stay out late then sometimes that is what you have to do. I have my Malinois pull me on my recumbent trike, he gets excellent exercise but he also has nearly perfect obedience, so if there is a dog off leash or a distraction he listens when I tell him to lay down or give him a command. He was a rescue off the street in our local village, we are in the Alpujarras in Spain. He is good with other dogs and his street time has made him well socialised, maybe he was on the street for months.
Tail down, head low. Can we train the nipping out of him, is it herding? Any advice welcome please, kind regards, Maya. We have a 4 year old mix we adopted when he was 4 months old. He looks like a tall beagle mixed with maybe collie. He is friendly with the family. Protective though when strangers are around. The biggest problem is that he tends to her our 2 older dogs, especially when we go to leave them outside. His mood changes and he nips at them and of course they start barking.
A few times it has resulted in a scuffle. He will follow them outside and stay right with them. They driving me nus with the barking and occasional fight. What can I do? Love this thread so thank you! He is super smart and has sit, stay, and down mastered even does it for our 9 year old. However, he likes to bolt to the neighbors when we try to work off leash with him. He will not stop or come once headed there.
They have chickens and ducks so maybe he is looking to herd them? Any tips for training that out of him? We want him to be able to be off leash and be able to roam our five acres but we want him safe also. Minette Reply: December 18th, at am. He has learned that the chickens are more rewarding than anything that you have… this makes for difficult training.
Then you can work on the recall. I have a 7 year old male Border Collie who is obsessed and aggressive towards our other male dog in the house. He is a small male Chihuahua terrier mix, who does reciprocate the aggressive behavior, His behavior continues to worsen, he shows his teeth and growls at the dog. I am not sure what we can do to help diffuse his obsession! Minette Reply: January 8th, at am.
Not all dogs get along! I have an 8 month old pure bred German shepherd. Do you have any strategies for stopping this behavior? I just rescued a 14 month old male non — neutered Shiloh Shepard 90 lbs who is mild manner around the house. He is getting fixed this week. We have a five acre property in Colorado with 5 foot fences and after a couple of days on the leash we let him outside.
First thing he did was get under a fence and started herding two very large mules. He had them going around the 4 acre pasture at their heals and then the mules would turn around and go after him. The neighbor thought he was a wild wolf and had his rifle out. Got him under control and the neighbor. Second instance was I had in on a leash and he started tug-a-war with me and the only out I had was to take the leash and me around the tree for leverage to get him under control. Hi, I am so glad I found you and this thread.
I have a beautiful, sweet, loving 9 month old red merle Australian Shepard. He has developed a couple behavior issues that have me desperately lost. We went through puppy kindergarten and are enrolled in obedience I. He is eager to please. First he is a large Shepard at 62 lbs at 9 months. He has an issue with my back door and the backyard. When letting him out he aggressively and violently catapults out the door while trying to bite the doorknob on his way out. I often get hurt and have even been knocked over as a result.
This is all to no avail. Once he is out and this has shifted around a bit due to my interference he bolts to the back corner of the yard and lunges his body up in the air and slams into the fence. The project took a turn for the worse when the dogs arrived. The female turned out to be pregnant and sick with a parasite. She had a litter of 12 puppies, which soon grew so big that they ate the entire project out of house and home.
The experiment was shut down, and the dogs sold.
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